Comox Fire Rescue

Prevention, Emergency Response, and the Comox Fire Training Centre

Comox Fire Rescue provides a variety of preventive and emergency services to a population of over 18,000 in an area of 16 square miles. This includes the Town of Comox, the Comox Fire Protection Improvement District, the Bates Huband Local Service Area (Regional District of Comox-Strathcona), and the Comox Indian Band. They also operate the Comox Fire Training Centre, which trains firefighters from all over Vancouver Island, and even parts of BC and the rest of Canada. The training centre is certified by the JIBC.

Free Personal Emergency Preparedness Class

Comox Fire Rescue will be hosting a free Personal Emergency Preparedness (PEP) class this Friday March 8 at 10am.

72 Hours: Is Your Family Prepared?

If an emergency happens in your community, it may take emergency workers some time to reach you. You should be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours.

This free class will help you plan and learn to help you in case of an emergency.

To register for CPR and PEP courses held at our fire station, contact the Comox Recreation Centre ( at 250-339-2255.

Comox Firefighters Paying it Forward!

Comox Fire Rescue recently hosted their annual “Pay it Forward” day for other Vancouver Island fire departments.

Comox brought in two excellent presenters to share information safety information with firefighters from; 19 Wing, Cumberland, Oyster River, Fanny Bay, Ships Point, Qualicum, Cherry Creek, Sidney, Campbell River, Bow Horn Bay, Sontula and Sathlam. Over sixty firefighters attended this great day at no cost to them. All costs were covered through the Comox Fire Training Centre.


 The first presenter, Dr. Kenneth Kunz delivered a powerful message about job-related cancer in firefighters. Statistics show that firefighters have a much higher risk of getting cancer. Dr. Kunz discussed a variety of ways for firefighters to reduce their risks. This was Dr. Kunz third presentation at Comox Fire Training Centre in the past four years. 

The second presenter was Lionel Crowther. Lionel has been a firefighter for the last 21 years and is now a Lieutenant with the Winnipeg Fire Department.

On Feb. 4, 2007, a tragic fire changed the lives of the Crowther Family.  Lionel and two other firefighters were caught in a flashover in a single-family home fire. Lionel suffered severe burns to 70% of his body.  Tragically, Captains Lessard and Nichols did not survive.  

Since that incident, Lionel, his wife & family have epitomized the meaning of resiliency, hope and survival. Lionel came to Comox to explain the many challenges and triumphs he and his family faced because of this tragic incident, from the very personal view of being a husband, father and survivor!

Crowther states: “I truly appreciated being able to spend the time in Comox with your department.  What a great team you have developed! I read a lot and many of the leadership articles I read, epitomized the work you’ve done here in Comox. Thank you again for the opportunity to speak with your members & for your island hospitality!”

Comox Fire Chief Gord Schreiner states: “I am so proud of our team here for reaching out and sharing with other fire departments and for assisting us with bringing in these excellent presenters. Our firefighters give so much of themselves and we work hard everyday to ensure our firefighters are well-trained and have the latest information when it comes to safety.”

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) - Free Classes

Comox Fire Department, Assistant Chief Jim Lariviere and Fire Fighter Mario Chretien taught a Free CPR level A to 8 citizens of the Comox Valley today. CPR is a very valuable skill that could one day safe a life. The next course is on February 22nd at 1:00pm. Contact the Comox Recreation Centre ( or 250-339-2255) to register!

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Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR): Lessons for Life

Comox Fire Department, Assistant Chief Jim Lariviere will be teaching a Free CPR level A to citizens of the Comox Valley. CPR is a very valuable skill that could one day safe a life. The next course is on January 25th 1:00pm. Contact the Comox Recreation Centre ( or 250-339-2255) to register!

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Comox Firefighters Christmas Tree Recycling weekend a huge success! ~ YANA WINS!!

Comox Firefighters held their annual Christmas Tree recycling project on January 5 + 6, 2019. 100% of the proceeds collect are given to local charity YANA (“You Are Not Alone”). This year the Comox firefighters raised more than $4000.00.

 While the firefighters donated their time, Asplundh Canada donated their equipment and labour to make this event a success.

 Chief Gord Schreiner states: “Projects like these are a WIN/WIN for our community. It is great to see companies like Asplundh Canada step up in such a big way to assist us. They were great! I am so proud of our firefighters for everything they do. Not only do they respond to emergencies but they assist our community in so many other ways. They love giving back to our community. I would also like to thank all those citizens who donated to this great cause.”

YANAs Kelly Rusk states: “The support from these firefighters in Comox has been awesome. They have been with us since our very beginnings and assist us in many.”



Comox Fire Rescue

1870 Noel Ave, Comox, BC, V9M 2K9, Canada